Gayelord Hauser, one of the first “health food” advocates, is considered by many to be the father of the modern nutrition movement. Hauser counseled movie stars, including Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Grace Kelly, and Paulette Goddard. He convinced Greta Garbo to give up vegetarianism, insisting on quality protein at every meal. He wrote many books, and lectured extensively. He introduced yogurt, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, blackstrap molasses, and other health food store staples to a white-bread-Coca-Cola-and-Crisco America.
Until our generation, no human society has ever lived on a high carbohydrate diet. We are paying the price for this ill-conceived experiment on humanity with higher and higher rates of obesity – including childhood obesity – and rapidly growing rates of type 2 diabetes. In her first column for CarbSmart.com, Rebecca Latham chronicles the decline in the health of our generation and why it happened.
Carbohydrate restriction is such a dramatically effective intervention that many medications will need to be adjusted immediately. This is particularly true of all blood sugar medications
Sodium is not the problem. High insulin levels are the problem, because they signal the kidneys to retain sodium. Stop eating carbs and drop your insulin levels, and all of a sudden your kidneys become very efficient at removing sodium from the bloodstream. Stop eating a bunch of processed food, and your salt intake drops just as your ability to cope with sodium improves.